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Britney/Brittany is the second episode of Glee's second season and the twenty-fourth episode overall. It premiered on September 28, 2010.

The New Directions are chosen to perform at the School Pep Assembly. Kurt requests Britney Spears but Will doesn't like the idea. When Emma brings in her boyfriend dentist, Carl Howell, to the Glee Club meeting, he finds out that some of the Glee Club members are not brushing enough. As he helps them with oral hygiene and puts them on anesthesia, they have Britney Spears fantasies. Britney Spears appears in some of the dream sequences, caused by anesthesia in the dentist's office.

The episode was written and directed by Ryan Murphy.


Will attempts to set New Directions an easy-listening assignment, talking about artists such as Christopher Cross and Michael Bolton. The kids have no idea who the artists are. When Will discusses Christopher Cross, Tina says, "Never heard of him, don't wanna hear about him." Brittany says Christopher Cross discovered America (a mix-up with Christopher Columbus) and Finn nods in amusement. Kurt informs them there is a Facebook group petitioning the club to perform a Britney Spears number at the McKinley High homecoming assembly. Brittany is against the idea, since her name is "Brittany S. Pierce" (which can be pronounced as Brittany Spierce) and has lived her whole life in the shadow of Britney, knowing she will never be as famous or talented. With this situation, Mr. Schuester justifies turning down the idea.

Afterward, Will meets with Emma in her office, and Carl, her boyfriend, comes in. Carl is talking about how the school board won't let him do an assembly on dental hygiene, even considering the terrible dental hygiene in the school. Will decides to let him talk to the Glee Club because he wants Emma to like him again, and he wants Carl to like him. When Carl comes to Glee Club, he gives everyone a pill that will turn plaque on their teeth blue. After chewing, Rachel, Artie, and Brittany's teeth are totally blue. Rachel complains saying she flosses between classes but Carl says it's probably genetic. Brittany goes to Carl's dentist office to have her teeth cleaned, where she has an anesthesia-induced hallucination where she performs I'm a Slave 4 U.

Brittany and Santana sing "Me Against the Music."

The next day, Brittany returns to his office with Santana, demanding that he put them both under anesthesia. Santana did not need any dental work seeing as she passed the plaque test and Carl protests because of this, but after Santana tells him about her 'killer health plan' Carl puts her under. Whilst they are under anesthesia Santana and Brittany sing a duet in Me Against the Music, hinting at a telepathic drug-induced link between the two girls, where Spears herself appears. After her anesthesia sessions, Brittany appears more confident, claiming to get all solos in the future.

Rachel sings ...Baby One More Time.

Elsewhere, Rachel feels threatened by her boyfriend, Finn's desire to re-join the school football team, fearing that their relationship will not work if he becomes popular again. After visiting the dentist and experiencing her own hallucination, in which she performs Baby One More Time, Rachel begins dressing more provocatively. Her new look is received positively, and cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester finds school blogger Jacob Ben Israel masturbating to Rachel's image in the library. Rachel relents and encourages Finn to re-join the team. Still worried about the attention Finn is receiving now he is back on the team, Rachel sends Quinn to ask him out, and is pleased when Finn turns her down.

In Artie's hallucination, he performs Stronger with the football team, him being a member. Coach Shannon Beiste accepts both Finn and Artie, despite the fact Artie is in a wheelchair and technically incapable of playing football because the sport requires heavy physical contact.

Advised by Emma to relax more, Will learns that Carl recently purchased a new yellow Chevrolet Corvette and he goes out buys one himself. As he is in the car with Emma, he sings Sailing before he is confronted by his ex-wife Terri, who insists that he return it and cease wasting their savings. Seeing the positive effect Spears had on his students, Will relents and allows them to perform Toxic at the homecoming assembly, joining them on stage in an attempt to impress Emma.

When multiple students become sexually aroused by the performance, Sue sets off the fire alarm and has the student body evacuate the auditorium, unwittingly being caught in the stampede. Emma tells Will to stop trying to be someone he is not. He returns his new car, and tells the club they will not be performing any more Spears numbers, even though he was convinced there were clear benefits earlier. At the end, Rachel apologizes to Finn and sings The Only Exception.


Song Title Original Artist Performer(s)
I'm a Slave 4 U Britney Spears Brittany Pierce
Me Against the Music Britney Spears feat. Madonna Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez
Baby One More Time Britney Spears Rachel Berry
Stronger Artie Abrams with the McKinley Titans
Toxic Will Schuester and New Directions
The Only Exception Paramore Rachel Berry with New Directions Girls

Unreleased Songs


Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars



  • This is the first of two Britney Spears tribute episodes, the second being Britney 2.0 in Season Four.
    • Both of them are the second episode of their respective seasons.
  • In this episode, Brittany gets her first solo, I'm a Slave 4 U, her first duet, Me Against the Music, and her first solo in a group number, Toxic.
  • This is the first time Brittany and Will sing in Season Two.
  • This is the first episode in which John Stamos appears as Carl Howell.
  • This episode was watched by 13.51 million viewers, making it the highest rated episode that aired in a regular time-slot.
  • After his suggestion of performing a Britney Spears number is declined by Mr. Schuester due to a complaint by Brittany, Kurt sarcastically thanks Brittany, to which Santana answers "Leave Brittany alone" in a reference to Chris Crocker's famous video.
  • After Rachel's Britney fantasy, she says, "Is this real life?" This is a reference to the popular Internet video "David After Dentist."
  • The Only Exception and Sailing are the only two songs that are not by Britney Spears in this episode.
  • The majority of the songs that appear in this episode are dream sequences.
    • This episode shares the most amount of fantasy performances, along with Puppet Master, both having four fantasy performances.
  • Heather Morris had met Britney Spears two years before where Heather sang, danced, and dressed up like Britney. Britney said that Heather was as amazing as her, however, when Britney got on the set of Glee she did not recognize Heather from two years prior.
  • Naya Rivera called the set where she and Heather shot Me Against the Music "the sweat lodge" because it was "hot as hell."
  • Ryan Murphy said that this episode was generally to "showcase Heather's amazing dancing skills."
  • Heather said that she was so overwhelmed that she was getting a solo that when she got home after receiving the news, she cried.
  • For this episode alone, Heather received critical praise throughout, mostly for her dancing.
  • Heather said that, for her dancing parts, it only took her a day of rehearsal.
  • Every character that visits Carl's office, with the exception of Artie, gets a solo in Toxic
  • After Rachel changes her look, David Karofsky comments: "Why do the gay guys get the hottest chicks?" Ironically, Dave hooks up with Santana later on in the season in Born This Way to cover up his homosexuality.
  • Brittany is the only character to feature in two of the Britney Spears dreams.
  • Finn says, "How can you get caught between the moon and New York City? They're, like, a hundred miles apart." This is a reference to Christopher Cross' Academy Award winning song "Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do)" from the 1981 film Arthur.
  • Counting both Britney tributes, Glee has sung at least one song from each of Britney Spears' studio albums except for "Britney Jean," and one song from one of her compilations (except for "Britney Jean"):
  • Heather Morris stated before that she wanted to sing Baby One More Time. However, Lea Michele ended up singing that song. Ironically, critics gave Michele's version negative reviews.
  • In this episode we learn that Brittany's full name is Brittany Susan Pierce (a.k.a. Britney S. Pierce) and she doesn't like to use it for fear of living in the shadow of Britney Spears. Brittany mentions in Season 1 that sometimes she "forgets" her middle name, but this could also be a reference to her never admitting it out of the Britney Spears shadow fear.
  • The pamphlets that Emma is arranging at the beginning of the episode are: "Wow! There's a hair down there!;" "I still breastfeed … but how old IS too old?," and "Proper Wiping: As Easy as 1-2-3."
  • This is the only episode of Season Two not to feature Sam.
  • In The Power of Madonna in Season One, Emma is talking to Will about role models and mentions that Britney Spears and her "shaved head" is a bad role model for the kids. In this episode, Emma talks of how she is a great role model for rebirth and defeating adversity.
  • Will mentions Michael Bolton, who would be revealed to be Sue's daughter's father in All or Nothing.


It looks like a Jewish cloud. *petting Jacob Ben-Israel's hair*


You're calling me uptight? (Emma nods) the women who buys hand sanitizer by the barrel


So the other day he made me buy the green grapes and the red grapes at the market and then we just mixed them together in a bowl and we just ate them. It was madness


Hey, dwarf, anyone ever tell you that you dress like one of the bait girls on To Catch A Predator?


Is your Glee Club doing Britney Spears music?

Sue and Will

What do you want for her? I'll give you anything.

Jacob Ben Israel to Finn

Carl: I'm gonna put you under a little general anesthesia. You won't feel a thing.
Brittany: Like roofies?
Carl: Yeah, totally.

Brittany and Carl




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Season One
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Season Two
AuditionBritney/BrittanyGrilled CheesusDuetsThe Rocky Horror Glee ShowNever Been KissedThe SubstituteFurtSpecial EducationA Very Glee ChristmasThe Sue Sylvester ShuffleSilly Love SongsComebackBlame It on the AlcoholSexyOriginal SongA Night of NeglectBorn This WayRumoursProm QueenFuneralNew York

Season Three
The Purple Piano ProjectI Am UnicornAsian FPot o' GoldThe First TimeMash OffI Kissed a GirlHold on to SixteenExtraordinary Merry ChristmasYes/NoMichaelThe Spanish TeacherHeartOn My WayBig BrotherSaturday Night Glee-verDance with SomebodyChokeProm-asaurusPropsNationalsGoodbye

Season Four
The New RachelBritney 2.0MakeoverThe Break-UpThe Role You Were Born to PlayGleaseDynamic DuetsThanksgivingSwan SongGlee, ActuallySadie HawkinsNakedDivaI DoGirls (and Boys) on FilmFeudGuilty PleasuresShooting StarSweet DreamsLights OutWonder-fulAll or Nothing

Season Five
Love, Love, LoveTina in the Sky with DiamondsThe QuarterbackA Katy or A GagaThe End of TwerkMovin' OutPuppet MasterPreviously Unaired ChristmasFrenemiesTrioCity of Angels100New DirectionsNew New YorkBashTestedOpening NightThe Back-Up PlanOld Dog, New TricksThe Untitled Rachel Berry Project

Season Six
Loser Like MeHomecomingJagged Little TapestryThe Hurt Locker, Part OneThe Hurt Locker, Part TwoWhat the World Needs NowTransitioningA WeddingChild StarThe Rise and Fall of Sue SylvesterWe Built This Glee Club2009Dreams Come True